State backs Ergon’s power price bid
ENVIRONMENT Minister Steven Miles (pictured) has defended the state’s biggest electricity network joining a battle that could drive up power prices, saying the company only wants to speak for “Queensland energy users”.
The Sunday Mail yesterday revealed Ergon Energy had launched a bid to participate in an interstate case before the Australian Competition Tribunal that could result in Queenslanders being slugged with higher electricity bills.
The actionti was launchedl by NSW electricity networks who are questioning the Australian Energy Regulator’s most recent five-year price determination.
Dr Miles yesterday defend- ed Ergon entering the fray. “It’s i important that our power companies have a chance to contribute to this process to have a s say on behalf of Queensland e energy users,” he said.
But Opposition energy s spokesman Andrew Powell yesterday accused the Palaszczuk Government of using Queensland’s network’s involvement in the battle as a way of “secretly exploring ways to increase your electricity prices over the next five years”.